Jamboree game closes with a win

Junior guard Kyle Fossman scores a point during Staurday night's game against Colorado State-Pueblo at the AT&T Jamboree. He is the team's top returning player this season. (Photos by J. Almendarez)

The Seawolf men’s basketball team pulled off an 85-75 win over the Colorado State-Pueblo Timberwolves Saturday night in the closer of the AT&T Jamboree.

Sophomore guard Teancum Stafford’s 23 points and 7 rebounds led the Seawolves. Hitting some big shots from inside and out, Stafford was named the AT&T Jamboree Most Outstanding Player.

The Timberwolves won the tip at the beginning of the game, and it was back and forth after that with no team keeping a big lead in the first half. CSU ran a zone defense that didn’t allow the Seawolves any shots inside and forced them to shoot a lackluster 37 percent from the field.

Neither team had a player with the hot hand in the first half; nobody scored over 10 points in the first 20 minutes of play.

Both teams were in foul trouble throughout the game. A technical foul on senior guard Bryse Velasquez gave the Seawolves the momentum to push their lead to 10, although they allowed the Timberwolves to cut it down to four before halftime.

Everything was falling for the Seawolves in the second half; they shot six of 11 from the three-point line. Junior guard Kyle Fossman was their lead marksman, hitting four three-pointers at a 50 percent clip.


Junior forward Stephan Heard fights against a cluster of Thunderwolves to shoot a point in Saturday night's AT&T Jamboree game.
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“We didn’t shoot too well in the first half,” said Fossman. “There’s always room for improvement.”

The Seawolves grabbed 14 more boards than CSU, which was a big factor in the 10-point victory.

Senior Timberwolf guard Dennis Arden dropped 21 points and had a pair of assists. But the Seawolves countered with a starting five of players who all scored at least 10 points.

Though they didn’t play bad, Fossman doesn’t believe the Seawolves can continue to win unless they fix some things.

“If we’re going to win our conference, we need to play better,” said Fossman. “This early in the season, I feel like every team has some things they’d like to work out.”

The men’s basketball team is hosting Washington Adventist University at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Center Nov. 15 and 17.